Some of the best San Miguel discoveries may be made inside the quaint shops and restaurants that line the city's snaking streets.
Resting in the shadows of the Sierra Madre Mountains, San Miguel de Allende has provided aesthetic inspiration to countless artists.
Those who live in San Miguel know a local festival can take over the city — sometimes for up to weeks at a time. Semana Santa is celebrated in the week surrounding Easter and includes a parade, live events and plenty of spontaneous celebration.
When the sun goes down in San Miguel, many bars and restaurants host live music to draw crowds. Rooftop bars are especially popular with the city's international folk.
Terry W Ryder
Drawing visitors from the world over, San Miguel is home to diverse restaurants serving menus from all culinary backgrounds. But that doesn't mean that its Mexican cuisine has fallen by the wayside. Local restaurants and taco carts serve bona fide Mexican fare that shouldn't be missed.
Historic structures like the Casa de Loreto church can be found throughout the city. As the town was once a center for Mexico's fight for independence, San Miguel's mansions, museums and religious sites each have a story to tell.
So many of San Miguel's residents pride themselves on their artsy undertakings and handmade crafts. The wide range of artwork on display or for sale ranges from grand sculptures and murals to small trinkets and accessories.
Peel your nose out of a book and take a break in the charming Café Santa Ana at the city’s Public Library. The library regularly hosts events of all kinds including classes, performances and concerts.
Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende A.C.
The well-regarded art school is also home to a tourist center that provides visitors with booking services and information about the ins and outs of the lively city.
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Start your day in San Miguel here in El Jardin. This central plaza serves as the main square for departing tours, street performers and socializing. Most of San Miguel's popular attractions are walkable from the plaza.
As the most well-known church in San Miguel, this ornate chapel Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel stands tall over the city’'s skyline. It’s height and distinct architecture help visitors find their way back to the main square, El Jardin.
Among the species of cacti and other desert plant life, travelers to El Charco can attend outdoor concerts, tackle plenty of hiking trails and unwind alongside waterfalls.
Years of collecting Mexican masks from around the country led Heidi and Bill LeVasseur to build an extensive group of exhibits dedicated to the colorful craft.
Water from natural hot springs fill ten outdoor and indoor pools at this soothing escape just outside of San Miguel.
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